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What is Palliative Care and End Of Life Care?

What is Palliative Care and End Of Life Care?

Palliative care is care that focuses on improving the quality of life and quality of care for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and their families through the prevention and relief of suffering. Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible. It’s not just for people diagnosed with terminal cancer, but any terminal condition. It’s also for people who have a complex illness and need their symptoms controlled.

Palliative care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. Treatment will involve medicines, therapies, and any other support that specialist teams believe will help their patients. It includes caring for people who are nearing the end of life. This is called end of life care.

At dove home care we assist in following services:

  • Personal care
  • Medication
  • Preparation of meals
  • Shopping
  • Taking to appointments
  • Offer a support to family and friends.
  • Offers a support system to help people live as actively as possible until death
  • Supports life and keeping people as healthy as possible, regarding dying as a normal process
  • Improves the quality of life

We can arrange for night care, sleepovers, waking shifts to give peace of mind that there is a trained carer on hand when you need them.

End of life care

It is an important part of palliative care for people who are nearing the end of life. End of life care is for people who are considered to be in the last year of life, but this timeframe can be difficult to predict. End of life care aims to help people live as well as possible and to die with dignity. It also refers to treatment during this time and can include additional support, such as help with legal matters. End of life care continues for as long as you need it. But depending on the underlying diagnosis and clinical course and also includes planning for end-of-life care. Palliative care includes end-of-life care, but also entails much more.

We can also advise from our long experience, and offer our expertise in helping with choices, at a really difficult time.

Whatever you need in care and support, we can provide. 0800 783 7672